In cooperation with and support from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the OAH and the Japanese Association for American Studies (JAAS) plan to send two American scholars to Japanese universities for two-week residencies in the Spring of 2014. During their residencies, the American historians give lectures and seminars in English in their specialty. They also meet individually and in groups with Japanese scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students studying American history and culture, and participate in the collegial life of their host institutions. The purpose of this exchange program is to facilitate scholarly dialogue and contribute to the expansion of scholarly networks among students and professors of American history in both countries. We are pleased to announce the eighteenth year of the competition.
Round-trip airfare to Japan, housing, and modest daily expenses are covered by the award (note: if the host university is unable to provide housing, award recipients are expected to use the daily stipend to pay hotel expenses). Award winners are also encouraged to explore Japan before or after their two-week residency at their own expense.
Host institutions for 2014
University of the Ryukyus
The University of the Ryukyus (Okinawa, Japan) is seeking a specialist in US history with one or more interdisciplinary areas of interest such as indigenous culture and language, border studies, transpacific diaspora, mixed-race issues, and/or gender issues.
Tokyo Metropolitan University
Tokyo Metropolitan University (Tokyo, Japan) is seeking a specialist in expressive culture in the United States with a focus on the intersection of (white) mainstream culture and African American culture.
How to Apply
Applicants must be members of the OAH, have a PhD, and be scholars of American history. Applicants from previous competitions are welcome to apply again. Award winners are expected to attend the 2014 OAH Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, so that they can meet with visiting Japanese scholars and graduate students and with members of the OAH/JAAS Historians’ Collaborative Committee before their trips to Japan.
Applications must include the items below. Please send all materials (in Microsoft Word format) to firstname.lastname@example.org, and indicate “2014 Japan Residencies Program” in the subject line. The deadline for materials is midnight on Friday, November 29, 2013. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation that your application has been received within three (3) days of sending, please contact the OAH Committee Coordinator at khamm at oah.org/812-855-9650.
* A two-page curriculum vitae emphasizing teaching experience and publications. Also include the names and contact information of three references.
* The institution(s) for which you would like to be considered.
* A personal statement, no longer than two pages, describing your interest in this program and the issues that your own scholarship and teaching have addressed. Please devote one or two paragraphs to why you understand this residency to be central to your development as a scholar in the world community. You may include comments on any previous collaboration or work with non-US academics or students. If you wish, you may comment on your particular interest in Japan.
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